Corinthians aim to get Tevez for £18million
Published 22:30 26/10/11 By David Anderson
Corinthians are ready to test Manchester City’s resolve to demand the full £40million asking price for Carlos Tevez.
The Brazilian side are not convinced by City’s bullish talk that Tevez’s dispute with the club over his alleged refusal to play will not decrease his market value.
City clobbered him with a £800,000 fine and two-week ban and are prepared to let the striker rot at Carrington unless a club meets their valuation.
Corinthians agreed a £40million fee with City for their former star in the summer, only for the deal to fall through, and insist he will be worth less than half that amount when the transfer window opens in January.
President Andres Sanchez is confident City will crack because they will be so desperate to get rid of the Argentinian, who earns a whopping £198,000-a-week.
“Although many people don’t believe it, I can assure you that Tevez will sign with Corinthians,” said Sanchez.
“Our fans can’t imagine how close Tevez is.
“But we’re not going to pay £40million for him at all. Today, his value is £18million, because he is facing so many problems at Man City.”
Tevez’s camp also feel City are being unrealistic, especially because the former skipper has been ordered to train alone by boss Roberto Mancini.
They do not see how the Blues can demand the full market value for Tevez when he has barely played since the summer's Copa America.
The saga will rumble on with the player certain to appeal against his punishment to the club’s board - and if he is still unsuccessful to the Premier League, too.
Tevez is not the only ex-City captain in the dock at the Etihad.
Kolo Toure is set to have a disciplinary hearing next week over his recent drugs ban.
Toure could be fined two weeks' wages - over £200,000 - because he was unavailable to play for them for six months while he served his worldwide suspension.
The centre-half is annoyed that City are disciplining him now - eight months after he failed the drugs test - and has vowed to fight the action.
Tevez’s camp are suspicious of the timing, but City maintain their action against Toure has nothing to do with their disciplinary case against the former Manchester United star.
Toure’s adviser Saif Rubie said: “Kolo is disappointed that the club have decided to take this stance and he will contest any planned action against him.
“However, he will continue to give his all, as always, for Roberto Mancini and the team in their quest for honours this season.”